Mark Banas

Mark Banas

DPReview Contributor
Lives in United States Washington, DC, United States
Works as a Designer/ Panographer/ Writer
Has a website at http://markbanas.com/
Joined on Jan 26, 2005

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On a photo in the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 28mm F2 ASPH sample gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

My OCD wants to level this! Now!!

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2021 at 14:08 UTC as 2nd comment
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David Mantripp: Dunno if anybody else here is old enough to remember KPT Bryce, but seems it was decades ahead of its time...

Kai Krause was ahead of everyone's time...

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2021 at 12:08 UTC

...And Hasselblad is headquartered in Göteborg!
(Oh wait, I wrote that in English... so "Gothenburg.")

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2021 at 19:40 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
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cricnours: Hi DPreview Staff, please note that Gitzo is a french brand, born in 1917 by Arsène Gitzhoven. You make a confusion with Vitec which is an italian based brand, owner of Gitzo nowadays

So give justice to Mr GITZ(h)Oven'memory, unless you pretend that Volvo cars are Chinese because they are property of Geely

Thank you

Give justice to the Vitec Group, a proudly British holding company for imaging brands all over the world, started in 1909 by William Vinten (making cinema cameras and tripods)! ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2021 at 18:59 UTC
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Jon555: So it's still Silkypix then? (Well, a variant of it.)

Pretty much. Developer Studio 10 came out in early February last year, so this is the customized, Nikon-specific version. Excellent software in any case, and the price is right! ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2021 at 14:22 UTC
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trungtran: To me all in one would mean it could handle other camera raw files.

Meh - It's a customized version of Silkypix Developer Studio 10, so if you want to use something almost identical with other camera raw files, you can pay ~$90 USD for it from the developers: https://silkypix.isl.co.jp/en/product/dsp10/

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2021 at 14:14 UTC
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Osa25: Brilliant move.

And published on a subsidiary of Amazon, as well. ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2021 at 21:51 UTC
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steviewa: Can't see them fixing it in 20/30/40 an 50+ yrs from now

Well, no one can predict the future, but Gitzo has been around, continuously, for over 70 years already, and Gitzo/Manfrotto is still one of the largest tripod makers in the world (including China). I'd say they can make the "lifetime support" claim easier than anyone else in that market.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2021 at 21:09 UTC
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Mark Banas: But will the silver versions come with the colored leatherette bags, as in olden times?
(Still feel a twinge from selling my matched silver set...)

Yep, that's the 43 bag in brown, while I think the 77 bag was green, and the 31 was red leatherette with gold-embossed "31 Ltd." It was just a nice bonus for getting the silver versions!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2021 at 01:51 UTC

But will the silver versions come with the colored leatherette bags, as in olden times?
(Still feel a twinge from selling my matched silver set...)

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2021 at 00:42 UTC as 64th comment | 3 replies
On article Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested (311 comments in total)
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yukonchris: So, this is interesting, but where is Acratech and ProMediaGear and Markins? If you are calling this "Battle of the titans" then it would be nice to see all the "titans" here.

Welcome to the party! FYI: these reviews were published over 7 years ago, before ProMediaGear even made ball heads, and the Acratech and Markins (which didn't fit into the "over 52mm ball" category) were both included in a mid-sized ball head review here: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/mid-sized-ball-heads-tested

Glad someone is still reading these reviews, since the products haven't really changed over 7 years!

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2021 at 00:50 UTC
On a photo in the Fujifilm GFX 100S pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV) sample gallery (4 comments in total)

OOC JPEGs can't get rid of that magenta LoCA - or did you drop your Grape Fanta in the creek? ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2021 at 18:10 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm GFX 100S first impressions review (115 comments in total)

Love the difference in the Zoom video setups between these guys! (And Chris' daughter in the background throwing his Leica Q2 around...)

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 20:11 UTC as 21st comment
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Maoby: The name of the site will have to be changed soon ;)

PReview.com just sounds like a different kind of "testing" site. ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 16:27 UTC
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Slatts-from-Oz: Given the varying quality, size and cost of tripods in the market, is it about time DPreview committed some real resources to testing the marketing claims of these devices?

Many of these reviews are not hugely different from reading the brochure.

Stiffness, Dampening, and other real world testing should be achievable. I strongly suspect that the requirements for tripods are pretty easy to determine and measure.

The stiffness requirements for different levels of zoom and weight in varying conditions could be extremely useful for real world applications.

@Impulses - I'm working on some new tripod and head reviews you should see in the next few months. Along with them, I have some new tests to provide reference for vibration damping and other factors. It won't be as data-centric and thorough as what David provides at thecentercolumn.com, but then I don't have a PhD in applied physics, like he does.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 16:43 UTC
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Hamiltionian: What is the 30lb load capacity even supposed to mean if it is so obviously ridiculous to load the tripod up with 30lbs of photographic gear? Would you feel comfortable using the sigma 200-500mm 2.8 off this tripod?

"The Center Column and Mark at DPR used to do much more useful stiffness and damping tests, but it's been a while since either reviewed anything AFAIK."

Hold my beer... ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 18:18 UTC
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steelhead3: Just a thought here...with unsealed legs (vents), will dirt or other substances get into the legs contaminating the leg extenders?

Also, the vents are at the top of each leg, where you set the angle. Since they're just tubes, the air pressure can equalize anywhere along the length.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 18:14 UTC
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Photomonkey: Beautifully made but on pure numbers the others deliver arguably better performance. As for its application, the idea of a "travel" tripod presumes light weight and compactness. In this, it lags the others. Its higher load carrying capacity is laudable but then, if traveling, is one using their heaviest gear?

The key number is the price which can only be amortized over a lifetime. Of course the others can lay claim to that sort of longevity too.

"PS2 not sure if tripods are allowed at Angkor Wat."

Doh! Next up, the "invisible tripod."
(Actually, long ago, I used a taut string between my camera's tripod hole and my foot to stabilize for panos in museums. With practice, it worked pretty well.)

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 18:09 UTC
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Hamiltionian: What is the 30lb load capacity even supposed to mean if it is so obviously ridiculous to load the tripod up with 30lbs of photographic gear? Would you feel comfortable using the sigma 200-500mm 2.8 off this tripod?

"It probably also only applies when the legs and column are at minimum extension, because marketing claims are always based on best-outcome scenarios."

Actually, RRS is rare in that they provide various max load ratings based on the extension and angle of the legs (see link below). This means they probably don't just create the numbers from marketing pixie-dust.
https://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Ascend?quantity=1

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 17:16 UTC
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Photomonkey: Beautifully made but on pure numbers the others deliver arguably better performance. As for its application, the idea of a "travel" tripod presumes light weight and compactness. In this, it lags the others. Its higher load carrying capacity is laudable but then, if traveling, is one using their heaviest gear?

The key number is the price which can only be amortized over a lifetime. Of course the others can lay claim to that sort of longevity too.

What the numbers and specs don't relate is why Barney wrote a thorough review. The stiffness and confidence to hold your heavier gear, or longer lenses without vibrating, is not something that there's a spec for (and 'max load' isn't really it).

When it comes to travel, I'd rather trim weight and size on a tripod than on my camera and lenses, if I knew the tripod wouldn't negate the value of my other gear. If I ever get all the way to Angkor Wat at sunrise, I'll be the guy with 2.6kg of medium format gear on the lightest, most stable set of legs I can get away with.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 17:09 UTC
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